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Incurvaria masculella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: April 23, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Incurvariidae > Genus: Incurvaria > Species: Incurvaria masculella
Vernacular names
Gewone witvlekmot (NL)
Incurvaria muscalella (Fabricius, 1787)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 25.




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Specimens in nature


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Flight periods

The adults fly from late April till the end of May. The moths are active during the day.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Crataegus and Rosa

The young larva makes a circular blotch mine in the leaves of Crataegus or Rosa, sometimes on other trees or shrubs. Then it falls to the ground in a case cut from the blotch. This case is subsequently replaced by a vilvalved one made from two oval pieces of dead leaf. The caterpillar then eats dead leaves. It hibernates fully-fed in that case. Pupation in the case amongst leaf-litter.

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